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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00822: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what it anticipates the opportunities would be for the fishing industry of an independent Scotland joining the EU.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 March 2017

Independent membership of the EU would ensure that, for the first time, the Scottish Government would be able to negotiate directly for Scottish interests and priorities at the top table of Europe. It would also ensure that the Scottish fishing industry is represented by a government that will always champion its interests and, in stark contrast to UK Government, will never cast the industry as “expendable”.

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring the sustainable growth of the Scottish fishing sector and will continue to work in close partnership with the industry to achieve that.